Sunday, after losing the German Super Cup to RB Leipzig 3-0, Bayern Munich’s 18-year-old French scorer Mathys Tel was the target of racist comments on social media.
“We strongly condemn the cruel comments made about Mathys Tel on social media,” the club wrote on Twitter, which is now called X.
“An FC Bayern fan wouldn’t write such disgustingly racist things. Mathys, we are with you and will help you in any way we can!”
The teen started Saturday’s game in Munich, but England captain and Bayern’s record new signing Harry Kane took his place just after the hour mark.
When they played Leipzig at the Allianz Arena, the German winners wore shirts that said “Rot Gegen Rassismus” (Reds Against Racism), which is the name of the club’s anti-racism project.
Tel wrote on Instagram, “Thank you to my real Bavarian family and everyone who supports me when it’s sunny and when it’s raining.”
“The work goes on, and it will go on even better.”
Tel moved to Bayern from Rennes in July 2022. Last season, at the age of 17 years and 126 days, he scored the club’s youngest goal.
In his first season with Bayern, he played 28 games and scored six goals.